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Highway Patrol identifies driver killed in crash

(ran North, South editions)

The Florida Highway Patrol on Tuesday identified the driver killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning on State Road 54 as Harry Baumgardner, 48, of Zephyrhills.

According to an FHP report, the crash occurred about 8:27 a.m. when Baumgardner's 1994 Geo Metro, headed east on SR 54, veered in front of a 1999 Mack Truck headed west.

The vehicles collided on SR 54 west of Ernest Drive. The Geo was totaled, and Baumgardner died of his injuries at the scene, the report said.

The report said investigators did not know why the car veered into the truck's path.

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